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25. Leichhardt party strikes its camp today
Title : 25. Leichhardt party strikes its camp today 25. Leichhardt party strikes its camp today

Price, A. Grenfell (Archibald Grenfell), 1892-1977

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Creator : Kinnear, A. C.
Source : Mountford, Charles P., PRG 1218/9/2
Date of creation : 1938
Format : Diary
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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From the Advertiser, 27 August 1938.

Update from press correspondent AC Kinnear reporting on the progress of a South Australian Government expedition sent to the Simpson Desert to search for possible remains of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

25 August, Mountford recorded that day's findings.
"Today was largely uninteresting work, dust and flies. We worked hard all through the morning without results. ...Rex Lowe dug a deep trench in the northern side of the excavations, in the frantic hope of getting something before we left, for the leader had decided to return to civilisation the next day.

Quite late in the day, Rex found a piece of stretched leather, such as might have formed a portion of a fine riding boot or leather work. Several other pieces were collected almost immediately afterwards."
26 August was spent doing some last minute sieving, and then packing up the camp and the relics they had uncovered.

Meanwhile in Adelaide, speculation was mounting over the significance of the unearthed coins.
Coverage year : 1938
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Connell, Gordon. The mystery of Ludwig Leichhardt. Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1980

Lamshed, Max. 'Monty' : the biography of C.P. Mountford, Adelaide : Rigby, 1972, pp. 56-60

Mountford, Charles P. 'Papers relating to the South Australian Government Expedition to search for the remains of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt', PRG 1218/9

Price, A. Grenfell. The Mystery of Leichhardt : the South Australian government expedition of 1938, South Australia : Royal Geographical Society, 1937-38

Roderick, Colin. Leichhardt, the dauntless explorer, North Ryde, N.S.W. : Angus & Robertson, 1988
Internet links :
Australian Dictionary of Biography - Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt

National Museum of Australia. Leichhardt: the man, the mystery, the science, the history [symposium held in 2007]



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